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Pygmy forest, waterfalls, sunrise, and a lighthouse in Davao Oriental

BusinessWorld Online
Carmelito Q. Francisco
November 27, 2014

DAVAO ORIENTAL, one of the four provinces in the Davao Region, was recently in the news as its Mt. Hamiguitan Range Wildlife Sanctuary made it to the World Heritage List of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

The 6,834-hectare mountain range, home to a centuries-old pygmy forest and rare flora and fauna, is now being developed by the local government as one of the four priority eco-tourism sites.

The other three are the Aliwagwag Protected Landscape, Pusan Point, and Cape San Agustin.

“We are also identifying the tourism potentials of each town,” said Governor Corazon N. Malanyaon, who initiated the Mt. Hamiguitan UNESCO Heritage list application in 2007.

The province has 10 towns and one city, Mati, which is also the capital.

For Mt. Hamiguitan, the provincial government has already secured P20 million in funding from the Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority for the establishment of facilities within the three-hectare buffer zone at the foot of the mountain.

Restricted access will be maintained at the heritage site itself, which is one of the few remaining habitats of the endangered Philippine Eagle.

Janet M. Lopoz, executive director of the Mindanao Development Authority, said funding has also been set for the development of the Aliwagwag Protected Landscape, whose main features are a waterfall and forest areas that attract at least 64 bird species.

Pusan Point, meanwhile, is in the area of Caraga which the weather bureau identified as the first to witness the so-called Millennium Sunrise on Jan. 1, 2000.

Ms. Malanyaon said that the provincial government, with the help of the Department of Public Works and Highways, has been developing the road going to the viewpoint area at the eastern side of Mindanao island.

Cape San Agustin, home to the oldest known lighthouse in Mindanao, is located at the tip of Governor Generoso town and considered a historical site — Saint Francis Xavier is said to have held mass there in 1550.

In recent years, Mati City has also become a popular beach destination, particularly for surfing.

“We have become among the most visited provinces in the country,” Ms. Malanyaon said.

The province also holds the distinction of being the first local government unit in the country whose tourism master plan was mandated by a law for inclusion in the Department of Tourism’s national tourism plan.

On Nov. 7, The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR)-Forest Management Bureau and Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH signed a memorandum of agreement (MoA) with the local governments of Davao Oriental and the municipalities of Caraga, Manay and Tarragona for the implementation of the REDD+ program (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Developing Countries).

Davao Oriental, the second site identified by the DENR for REDD+ activities, was chosen specifically because of the presence of indigenous peoples (IPs), who are considered guardians of the forests.

REDD+ is an international initiative aiming to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through the protection of forests, including tree planting activities and proper land use planning, also to protect the rights of forest dwellers.

The MoA, signed as part of the celebration for the Philippines-Germany 60 years of diplomatic relations, aims to strengthen coordination between the national and local government units on forest protection and sustainable forest management by, among others, reducing shifting cultivation and timber poaching, in support of the National Greening Program.

Bishop urges faithful to support TreeVolution: Greening MindaNOW

September 17, 2014
The Manila Bulletin
Mike Crismundo

For a greener future… and a world record

Butuan City – The former president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) Most Rev. Juan De Dios Pueblos of the diocese of Butuan has called on the faithful to be ready and actively involved in the Mindanao-wide tree planting activity on September 26, 2014.

With or without an attempt to break the Guiness World Record of the most number of tree seedlings planted in a span of one hour, Bishop Pueblos appealed to parents to lead their children in joining the continuing tree planting activity dubbed as “TreeVolution Greening MindaNOW.

The activity aims to have 4,636,000 tree seedlings planted in a span of one hour from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. covering 9,200 hectares all over Mindanao.

India currently holds the world record of the most number of tree seedlings planted in one hour when the 340,200 participants planted 1,945,535 from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. on August 15, 2011.

Tree planting and tree growing for future generations

Bishop Pueblos, who is also the father of Caraga Conference for Peace and Development (CCPD) urged the more than two million citizens of Caraga region to take responsibility in the stewardship of the environment as it will also save people from any disaster while also preparing for the future generation.

“By planting more trees, we will also be able to save more lives,” the soft-spoken prelate stressed.

Bishop Pueblos urged planters to focus not only on tree planting but on tree growing as well.

More than 23.000 participants from five provinces in the Caraga region are set to participate in the unprecedented Mindanao-wide tree planting initiative.

Department of Environment and Natural Resources – Caraga disclosed that each of the five provinces in the region will allocate 200 hectares of land where 100,000 seedlings will be planted to meet the region’s target of planting 500,000 seedlings in 1,000 hectares of land.

The Federation of Caraga Tree Planters started preparing tree seeds in their respective nurseries in an effort to have ample tree seedlings to plant in various areas in the region next week. The group is also planning to utilize all idle and vacant lands for the tree planting activity.

“We are not only targeting India’s Guinness World Record (GWR) here but this will surely help fight global warming and climate change mitigation for future generations,” an official from a tree planters’ group in Agusan del Sur said.

Private sector and LGU support

The private sector and local government units are also lending much needed support and backing. Philsaga Mining Corporation / Mindanao Mineral Processing and Refining Corporation President Atty. Raul C. Villanueva and company’s Resident Manager Engr. Ferdinand A. Cortes said the company is set to plant 130,000 budded rubber trees in the municipalities of Rosario and Bunawan, both in Agusan del Sur province.

Governors, mayors, lawmakers from various LGUs, religious leaders throughout Caraga region likewise reiterated their full commitment and their strong support to the ‘TreeVolution: Greening MindaNOW’ project.

Agusan del Sur Gov. Adolph Edward G. Plaza already directed all municipal and city mayors to prepare big number of tree seedlings for the big event.

“I already called on all the municipalities to take an active part so we can give our share in mitigating climate change,” Gov. Plaza said.

“We do not only intend to break the world record for the number of trees planted within our province but we also wish to manifest that Surigaonons are one with the rest of the world in its effort to protect and preserve the environment,” said Surigao del Norte Gov. Sol F. Matugas, chairperson of the Regional Development Council.

UN agency sets out to restore Liguasan marsh


KIDAPAWAN CITY — The United Nations World Food Program (WFP) has embarked on restoring the ecosystem of the Liguasan marsh in Maguindanao, possibly the country’s only remaining wetlands, through massive indigenous tree planting efforts.

The project, according to WFP deputy country director Asaka Nyangara, will help address climate change and its impact on world hunger. Effects of climate change, he stressed, pose risks to food, agriculture, and water supply — all of which are basic to human and animal survival.

The 200,000-hectare Liguasan marsh has at least 95 species of flora, including the African oil palm, tamlang (bamboo), kapok (silk cotton), and kling-a-sambulawan (striated bamboo). It is supposedly the biggest in Asia and believed to have vast deposits of methane gas and oil.

Abonawas Pendaliday, environment consultant of the local government unit (LGU) of Sultan sa Barongis, said that the deforestation of the Liguasan marsh has led to the death of many species of fish, trees, and flora and fauna.

“Residents here depend much on the marsh for their everyday living. But because of the continued cutting of trees and the influx of people, villagers here have very little harvest of fish, thus, depriving them of food,” said Pendaliday.

On Friday, Nyangara and other WFP officials went to Barangay Darampua in Sultan sa Barongis town, where they visited a nursery of more than a hundred thousand seedlings of endemic flora.

This was Nyangara’s second visit to the site since April.

The Liguasan marsh is located at the boundary of the provinces of Maguindanao, North Cotabato, and Sultan Kudarat in southwest Mindanao.

The nursery project is funded by the WFP and is implemented by the LGU of Sultan sa Barongis through the Ligawasan Marsh Climate Change Lead Action Force.

As a community initiative, trees were planted by villagers in deforested areas around the marsh.

Meantime, reforestation projects in the northern portion of the marsh, particularly in Tulunan town in North Cotabato, are ongoing.

On Thursday, the Sangguniang Bayan (legislative council) of Tulunan approved a resolution granting authority to Tulunan mayor Lani Candolada to allocate funds amounting to P128,499 for the project.

The resolution was passed three months after Mayor Candolada entered a memorandum of agreement (MoA) with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in Region 12 to implement the National Program Support for Environment Project, which is funded by the World Bank.

Tulunan, a third class municipality in North Cotabato, has at least four villages near Liguasan marsh, including Popoyon, Dongos, Galidan, and Tambak, which also need a massive reforestation.